NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Getting started

Before you get started on your application, there’s a few things to first consider. Find out if you need development consent from your council, understand why a Development Application (DA) is required and learn more about the planning system.

The process and participants’ roles

The DA and construction approval process has six stages and there are a number of participants who have involvement across those stages. The stages, participants, roles and responsibilities are summarised in Figure 1 below:

Figure 1. Participants and roles by stage in the process

DA Process

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Participants

Responsibilities

You

Get dreaming

Get informed

Get online

Get team together

Chat to neighbours in advance

Your Team

Prepare reports/plans

Compile application

Neighbours

Raise issues, concerns and support

Council officers

Provide accurate advice and identify reports required

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Participants

Responsibilities

You

All information/fees provided

Your Team

Lodge ‘assessment-ready’ DA

Council administration staff

Completeness check

Register

Referrals – to internal experts and State agencies

Formal notification to neighbours and community

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Participants

Responsibilities

Council Assessment Officer

Set call-back date

Assess

Review submissions/referrals

Request additional information

Council specialist officers

Timely advice, consistent with pre-lodgement advice

Your Team

Let council assess

Provide additional information

You

Remain patient

Neighbours

Make informed comments

Community

Make informed comments

Other agencies

Timely comment/agreement

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Participants

Responsibilities

Council delegate, Councillors or Local Planning Panel

Timely decision

Achievable conditions

Council Assessment Officer

Advise you of decision

You

Read conditions

Seek Construction Certificate (CC)

Construction Process

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Participants

Responsibilities

You

Get CC

Get Owner/Builder Permit if required

Get Home Owners Warranty

Appoint Principal Certifying Authority (PCA)

Remain informed

Certifiers (council or private)

Issue CC

Make inspections

Builder and sub-contractors

Build as per plans

Arrange inspections

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Participants

Responsibilities

PCA

Issue Occupation Certificate (OC)

Council

Take action if problems arise

You

Celebrate

Page last updated: 05/10/2022